10 Things to do When You Retire

Published on: 3rd August 2019

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Finally, you’re ready to retire. Congratulations! You have done the hard part. You have spent a lifetime getting out of bed, going to work to take care of your family and saving for this day. It’s finally here! So, what next?

Now, you have full control of your time and your life. You need to find things to keep your life buzzing and active. It doesn’t have to be taking up a new sport, but you can’t spend all your days in bed. While being active is important, it is key to have safety features in your home such as a stairlift or platform lift.

There are a few things you should have on your retirement bucket list. They will help you get started on the new life while adding some purpose and fun.

  1. Plan and Budget

Whether you have saved up your entire working life or you’re going to live off a pension, planning and proper budgeting should be the first thing you do. It might not be fun or what you anticipated but it will be a pedestal for everything else you’d like to pursue.

The inflow of money is going to be restricted and without a plan and budget, your expenditure will likely be more than the income. With a budget, you can mitigate this to make sure your retirement is long and fun.

  1. Move to a new place

It’s probably the best time for you to make that move. Most retirees decide to move to a quieter place in a small community where they can spend days awing at the scenic views and be closer to nature.

If you’ve lived in a large town most of your life, you might want an up-country destination. If you worked in a rural town, you might want to spark some fun in your life by moving to a town where there are more restaurants, culture, and unlimited shopping opportunities.

Whatever your destination is, moving is most likely going to be a great decision for you. Just make sure it’s a place you love.

  1. Travel

After retirement, you have nothing but time on your side. All those destinations you admired on the travel magazines can now become a reality. It’s time to go sightseeing, taking in the culture and even visit some of those magnificent spots and exotic places.

  1. Remodel your house

With work, life moves very fast. You don’t notice the years go by. Once you retire, you finally realise how much time has passed away and your house could use some remodelling to make it more comfortable for you.

The remodelling depends on what you’re after. Some retirees are just happy moving things around to spice up the house while others go full throttle and have a full kitchen or bathroom makeover. The remodelling could also help you cope better as the years advance.

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  1. Volunteering

Remember all those great ideas of how you could help and make the community better, but you didn’t have the chance, well, this is your chance to get back to that. You have nothing but time on your hands.

If you’re looking for a new activity, volunteering could be it. Nothing has better rewards than spending your time to improve the lives of others. You can start looking for opportunities to volunteer with local charities or church groups in your area.

  1. Pick up a new hobby

There’s plenty to pick from now that you’re not running after kids or flying out the door to get to work in time. You can start gardening, start a small group to play cards with, photography, fishing, hunting, or hiking. 

There’s plenty of different activities you can engage in that are fun and will keep your life active.

  1. Teach what you know

There is a multitude of lessons you have learned throughout your life. It’s time to pass all that knowledge to other people who could use it.

Not sure where to start? You can go to the local community centre, a rehabilitation facility or a library. Some of the centres allow you to start a free course that will enrich the community.

If you have enough specialised knowledge, you can even work at the local college or university.

  1. Find a fun new job

With your experience, it’s possible to score a fun and fulfilling job at a great company. With your new job, you have some income on the side and the part-time job allows you to teach and continue living your dream.

You will have the comfort of talking and share experiences with your co-workers and the extra income will allow you to spend more without any concerns.

  1. Start your own business

If you can’t find the part-time position of your liking, it’s never too late to start your own business. The business doesn’t have to drain your time, money and effort like most start-ups. It can be a part-time kind of business. It will give you an excellent platform to share your skills, talent, and knowledge while doing something you love on your terms.

Your new business will not only be fun. It will also bring in money that you can use to fund your activities and other goals that you might have in mind.

  1. Spend time with family and friends

One of the greatest downsides of having to work constantly is, you don’t have enough time for those you love. Now that you have hit retirement, it’s time to make up for all that lost time. You can visit family and friends when you want to.

You can also use this time to make new friends, especially if you happen to move. Get out, meet new people, go to popular hangout spots a few times a week and you’re bound to find a few people who you will like and probably have plenty in common.

It might not seem like it, but there’s a lot you can do with your new-found time. You just need to be a little creative and open-minded. These ten ideas are a great place for you to start. But, that’s not the end.

With so much time, activities might get boring very quickly and you need to make sure you keep yourself afloat and having fun.